JSME International Journal Series A Solid Mechanics and Material Engineering
Online ISSN : 1347-5363
Print ISSN : 1344-7912
ISSN-L : 1344-7912
Optimal Structural Design of Compliant Mechanisms : Considering of Quantitative Displacement Constraint
Susumu EjimaShinji NishiwakiMinako SekiguchiNoboru Kikuchi
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2000 Volume 43 Issue 2 Pages 130-137


Compliant mechanisms are a relatively new breed of jointless mechanisms in which the elastic deformation is intended to be a source of motion. In the past, flexible structural design optimization was cosidered only for the direction of the flexible point by using the material density or the homogenization method to identify the optimum layout. Here we shall extend this design theory to the case of a two dimensional design for compliant mechanisms which can specify the amount of deformation of the flexible portion. Finally, some examples are presented to confirm that the verification of optimal configuration using an image-based design method.

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